For the 2016-2017 season, Swim Ontario, will maintain the certification process requirements from previous seasons which closely follows the Swimming Canada certification process with some additional requirements for Level III – IV – V. The following is the certification process as defined by Swimming Canada is found at website https://www.swimming.ca/en/certification/
- Qualified means that you have attended the clinic and answered the questionnaire.
- Certified means you have obtained two successful deck evaluations for that positions.
Once you have taken a clinic and answered the questionnaire you may work those positions at competitions as a qualified official. Mentoring and on-deck evaluations are necessary before you are a certified official for any one position.
LEVEL I: RED PIN
To become a Level I certified Official you must:
- Participate in Swimming Canada Intro to Swimming Officiating
- Answer and complete the questionnaire.
- If successful, you will receive your Red pin and Swimming Canada Official’s Certification Card from your Course Conductor or your COC.
- A Level I Official can work as a Timekeeper.
Note: this is the only Level that does not require on-deck evaluations to be certified.
LEVEL II: WHITE PIN
To become a Level II certified Official you must:
- Be certified at Level I and have obtained two (2) successful on deck evaluations as a Timekeeper
- Complete the Swimming Canada Inspector of Turns and Judge of Stroke clinic PLUS one other Level II clinic listed below AND
- Obtain certification in both positions by obtaining two successful on deck evaluations in each position
Level II Clinics available:
- Inspector of Turn and Judge of Stroke,
- Clerk of Course,
- Chief Timekeeper,
- Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics
- *Recorder/Scorer (Desk Control)
- Meet Manager
- and Starter (see Education section for description of these clinics)
*Note: Although the Level II clinic Recorder/Scorer is separate from the CFJ/CJE clinic, it does not require on-deck evaluations and is counted as 1 position with the CFJ/CJE. One of the on-deck evaluations for CFJ/CJE/R/S position must be as a Chief Finish Judge.
LEVEL III: ORANGE PIN
To become a Level III certified Official you must:
- Be Certified at Level II
- Complete all of the clinics for the positions listed in Level II (this includes completing the questionnaire)
- Certify in three (3) additional positions listed under Level II by obtaining two (2) successful deck evaluations in each position
- Conduct a Level I clinic under the direction of a Level IV or V official
- Complete the Referee’s clinic
LEVEL IV: GREEN PIN
To become a Level IV certified Official you must:
- Fully complete all clinic certification and deck evaluations for all Level II positions;
- Serve a minimum of one (1) year as a qualified and certified Level III official,
- Work a minimum of five (5) meet sessions as a Referee
- Conduct at least two (2) clinics at Level II within the year of application under the direction of a Level V official
- Obtain approval from Swim Ontario to be evaluated
- Obtain two successful on deck evaluations as a Referee
Note: It is important that the Level IV Official candidate review the evaluation process for a level IV Official as additional requirements are needed for the final evaluations to take place.
LEVEL V: BLUE PIN
To become a Level V certified Official you must:
- Serve a minimum of one (1) year as a qualified and certified Level IV official
- Organize and conduct at least two (2) clinics at Level II within the year of evaluation (supervised by a Level V official)
- Work a minimum of two (2) sessions at a National level meet in any positions
- Obtain the approval from Swim Ontario to be evaluated
- Obtain two successful on-deck evaluations as a Referee or one successful on-deck evaluation as a Referee and Starter
- Provide the information required by Swimming Canada to Swim Ontario for appointment of Master Official certification.
Note: It is important that the Level V Official candidate review the evaluation process for a level V Official as additional requirements are needed for the final evaluations to take place.
.Official Certification Card and Levels of Certification
- In order to remain an active Master Official in Canada an official must:
- work a minimum of four sessions over a minimum of two meets in each swim year;
conduct or supervise a clinic in each swim year.
Master Officials who do not work or instruct as required may apply for reinstatement to the Swim Ontario Officials Committee, who may require certain senior level clinics be re-done.